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Treasure Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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The Cocteau Twins' complete catalog, fully re-mastered by Robin Guthrie and available at a low midline price.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ivo
  2. Lorelei
  3. Beatrix
  4. Persephone
  5. Pandora For Cindy
  6. Amelia
  7. Aloysius
  8. Cicely
  9. Otterley
  10. Donimo


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 3, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1984
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: 4ad / Ada
  • ASIN: B00006L5PQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,054 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In the early 1300's, Dante Alighieri became increasingly underwhelmed with language. He felt Latin (the written language) was artificial and furthermore, all the "natural languages" (languages used for speaking, opposed to Latin) were vulgar. He believed that this all had stemmed from the blasphemy of Babel, where God's (and Adam's) perfect, true language had splintered and fragmented and probably died. After years of research Dante decided it was impossible to find the first and perfect language so he vowed to make one himself. He felt he'd write poetry so lulling and beautiful that the rest of the world would adopt his new-language. As far as I know, he never succeeded. The Cocteau Twins, however, (and you thought I'd never get around to them) may have found what Dante had craved. Elizabeth Fraiser's "vocals" are stunningly beautiful, and one can always hear pieces of words or sentences from as many languages as are out there, I swear I have heard Dutch, French and of course English in her "lyrics" and I presume there may be a healthy dose of Gaelic, or Celtic, in some of her yodels (but I wouldn't know for sure). Most describe her form of singing as gibberish (in a good way) but I think it may be more calculated than that. I suppose it can be said she is singing in both Babylonian and Dante's imaginary language, embracing each. I dunno.
I first heard of the Cocteau Twins in 1985 when I was a rather rabid Cure fan, I had read somewhere that the Cocteau Twins were Robert Smith's favorite band. That was enough for me to search them out, but it simply wasn't that easy. Anyone who is my age with my musical tastes will recall the days when record stores just didn't have everything. They will remember how hard it was to find things like this.
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Since 1988 I have collected everything by the Cocteau Twins I can get my hands on and still, after listening to all these albums for all these years 1984's "Treasure" still remains my absolute favorite. The first song on the CD "Ivo" gets your skin buzzing with the beautiful highs and lows of Elizabeth Frasier's voice, then song #2 Lorelei comes in and completely blows you away, and by the time #4 Persephone (my personal all-time favorite song) blasts through your speakers you're in a completely different world. It's a timeless and classic piece of art that will always sound as good as it did the first 100 times you listened to it. Other recommended Cocteau stuff. "4 Calender Cafe" is a must have album for songs like "Bluebeard" and "Know Who You Are at Every Age", any compilation with the song "Spangle Maker" on it such as "Pink Opaque" is a must have, and of course "Heaven or Las Vegas" is a well known Cocteau Twins classic for 10 absolutly perfect songs such as "Iceblink Luck", "Cherry Coloured Funk", "Pitch The Baby", and "Road River and Rails".
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In the early 1300's, Dante Alighieri became increasingly underwhelmed with language. He felt Latin (the written language) was artificial and furthermore, all the "natural languages" (languages used for speaking, opposed to Latin) were vulgar. He believed that this all had stemmed from the blasphemy of Babel, where God's (and Adam's) perfect, true language had splintered and fragmented and probably died. After years of research Dante decided it was impossible to find the first and perfect language so he vowed to make one himself. He felt he'd write poetry so lulling and beautiful that the rest of the world would adopt his new-language. As far as I know, he never succeeded. The Cocteau Twins, however, (and you thought I'd never get around to them) may have found what Dante had craved. Elizabeth Fraiser's "vocals" are stunningly beautiful, and one can always hear pieces of words or sentences from as many languages as are out there, I swear I have heard Dutch, French and of course English in her "lyrics" and I presume there may be a healthy dose of Gaelic, or Celtic, in some of her yodels (but I wouldn't know for sure). Most describe her form of singing as gibberish (in a good way) but I think it may be more calculated than that. I suppose it can be said she is singing in both Babylonian and Dante's imaginary language, embracing each. I dunno.
I first heard of the Cocteau Twins in 1985 when I was a rather rabid Cure fan, I had read somewhere that the Cocteau Twins were Robert Smith's favorite band. That was enough for me to search them out, but it simply wasn't that easy. Anyone who is my age with my musical tastes will recall the days when record stores just didn't have everything. They will remember how hard it was to find things like this.
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After continuing with my electronica, and exploring etherbliss and industrial, I was lead to the apparently monolithic and influential band: the Cocteau Twins. After reading reviews and trying mp3s, I realized how interesting their stuff was, so I went ahead and ordered this, along with the "Otherness" EP. WHOA!!! Incredible! I physically cannot take this CD out of my player! I think I may have a new favorite band! These guys are geniuses! This CD contains track after track of some of the most hypnotizingly beautiful and blissed-out waves of music I have ever heard! It contains a distinctive 80's vibe, but it only serves to enhance the mood (especially the guitar in Persephone)! Each track swims in ethereal echoes of guitar and Liz Fraser's indecipherable voice, while the amplified drum machine loops add just the right amount of spice to give it a harder edge, without becoming annoying. Songs like Lorelei and Aloysis are my favorites, full of catchy melodies and gorgeous effects. Some are more serious, but just as enjoyable, like church-organ filled Donimo, and the achingly beautiful Amelia. Pandora drowns in its own deluge of reverb and trance-inducing sound. If you like electronica, ambient, or alternative.. pick this up for sure. Or, if you want to take my word that this is so incredible, buy it now! You will be happy you did! To use a cliche, this may be my first Cocteau Twins CD, but it will not be my last!!!!!!! Enjoy!
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